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CBSE directs all the affiliated schools to appoint special educators immediately


Bengaluru: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) directed all the affiliated schools to recruit special educators without fail and warned action if they fail to follow the directive.


According to a notice issued by the CBSE deputy secretary (affiliation) Jaiprakash Chathurvedi, it has been pointed out that many schools affiliated with CBSE are not adhering to the provision concerning appointment of Special Educators.  “As per affiliation Bye-Laws of the Board in which direction was issued to all the affiliated schools to mandatory appoint SPECIAL EDUCATORS to ensure quality education for all children including children with special needs as per Section 3, 8(c) and 9 (c) of the Right to Education Act, 2009 to facilitate effective and meaningful inclusion of children with disabilities in schools. However, it has been observed that many schools are not following the rules,” stated in the notice.


The notice sent to all the CBSE school principals directed them to raise the issue with the management representatives and recruit the special educators at the earliest.


According  to the experts, this is the continuation of the CBSE policy on inclusive education for all. “The CBSE made recruitment of special educators in all the schools compulsory in the year 2015 itself. This notice is the continuation of that order. Many schools in the city yet to hire the special educators,” said a school principal.


According to the academicians, appointment of special educators is a big challenge in a city like Bengaluru for various reasons. “First there are not much qualified teachers. Adding to this, the many parents are not ready to foot the bill. They expect the school managements to bear the expenses over and above the regular fee,” said Raghottam, an academician.


“The CBSE decision is a welcome one. But it can think of the Karnataka module. Under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), the Karnataka government is appointing special educators and holding  classes for the students with special needs at their house only,” he said.


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